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A tribute to Michio Miyagi, the father of the modern koto. Tadao Sawai is the leading figure in contemporary koto music. He is well known for his dynamic playing style, his interest in experimentation and improvisation, an... more »
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A tribute to Michio Miyagi, the father of the modern koto. Tadao Sawai is the leading figure in contemporary koto music. He is well known for his dynamic playing style, his interest in experimentation and improvisation, and his talent for expanding the world of the modern koto. After graduating from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music in 1960, he embarked on a series of recitals, seeking to broaden and develop the world of the koto. He continues this quest today both as a composer and as a performer.
Miyagi's Modern Music: Koto Inventions
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel | Oakland, CA USA | 07/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Blind since the age of seven, Michio Miyagi (1894-1956) became a musician, and after studying Western musical compostion and instruments, he brought the koto into the twentieth century. Indeed, he invented the juschichigen, a 17-string bass koto and other variants for use in his own modern compositions. This recording of his music, performed masterly by Tadao Sawai with Kazue Sawai, presents some of the Miyagi's large output (more than 350 works), beginning with his first significant piece of 1909. Like that of earlier, traditional compositions, water and nature are the themes. Compositions here involve duets, including the bass koto. The track Mizu No Hentai is of alternating vocal accompaniment. Technically challenging, occasionally rapid, and unorthdox in the chordal sound, via the two kotos, these works, with one foot in the traditional classical realm and the other in the modern age provide a new, refreshing perspective to the koto sound. Thus, this recording of a single, pioneering composer should be of interest to those who enjoy classical Japanese music on traditional instruments."